Just recently the National Kidney Foundation reported that over 26 million Americans have kidney disease. One of every three adult Americans is currently at risk for developing a kidney disease.
Statistics show that in the United States kidney disease kills more people than prostate and breast cancer together.
People with the highest risk of acquiring a kidney disease are the ones who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, people over 60 and people with family history of kidney failure.
Also, additional risk factors can be smoking, obesity, cardiovascular disease, kidney stones…
WHY KIDNEYS ARE IMPORTANT
The functions of our kidneys are numerous. They filter the blood from toxins and clear extra fluid from the body.
They regulate blood hormone levels, regulates blood pressure, generate new red blood cells, regulate electrolyte levels and keep our bones strong.
First signs of kidney failure:
Difficult, painful urination
Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
One of the most common side effects of kidney failure is edema (water retention). It is characterized by swollen feet, face, hands, ankles, and abdomen. The reason for such appearance is because the kidneys can’t expel enough fluid or salt from the system.
Some items from the list can be unsafe for pregnant women or people who are taking prescription medication. If you’re in that group, it is best to consult with a doctor before consuming them.
Cranberry is one of the best natural ways to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). If such infections are left untreated then they can reach the bladder and kidneys.
The cranberry makes the urine more acidic which also can prevent stones. Furthermore, it prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and the tissues inside the kidneys.
The grapes contain high amounts of antioxidant which protect the kidneys from free radical damage and toxins. Only 15 grapes a day will make your blood alkaline and keep your kidneys functioning.
Apples contain potassium which protects your heart, however, the potassium is in the right boundaries which make it appropriate for people with kidney problems.
The citric acid that is found in the lemons can dissolve some varieties of kidney stones. It prevents the stones from getting bigger and breaks them into peace.
Turmeric can successfully relieve inflammation in the kidneys. It also prevents blood clots by preventing platelets from clumping together.
The uses of ginger are numerous. It is also great for people who have kidney problems. Namely, this root can cleanse the blood of toxins, relieves vomiting, nausea, and stomach upset.
This natural diuretic can relieve symptoms of PMS and edema. Furthermore, it can treat digestive disturbances and increase bile flow. Native Americans used Dandelion for kidney problems.
Parsley is recommended to be consumed on a daily basis. It can treat urinary tract infection and kidney stones.
9. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow Root increases the secretion and flow of urine and it helps in removing all the toxins from the kidneys.
10. Gravel root
The route of this pink-flowered plant treats urinary tract problems such as kidney stones, urethra and kidney infections and painful urination.
– 1 tablespoon of dried Hydrangea Root (Hydrangea arborescens)
– 1 tablespoon of dried Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpurea)
– one quart of juice (apple, grape, cranberry or melon)
– 1 tablespoon of dried Marshmallow Root (Althea officinale)
1. First crash the ingredients by using mortar and pestle.
2. Mix 2 1/2 ounces of the herbs into the apple juice.
3. Boil the mixture.
4. Consume the mixture few times a day for 3 days.
Important: The most important thing for your kidneys and other vital organs is to regularly drink water and stay hydrated. Also, restrict salt intake and keep your blood pressure and blood sugar stable
Source: Daily Health Post